RECAP: Denver Digital Stoneworking Expo
May 3, 2018
Park Industries® Digital Stoneworking Expo™ in Denver, CO drew in a crowd of about 100 stone fabricators from around the country. Countertop fabricators and professionals from across North America gathered for an education on increasing efficiency and maximizing profitability. The two-day event was full of shop tours, real stories from fabricators with metrics, and lively discussion on the digital fabrication process.
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Local Fabrication Shop Tours
The event began with a tour of four local fabrication shops on April 18th and additional shop tour on Thursday during the Expo. The tours gave attendees the chance to watch Park machines in action and opened up the discussion on different digital fabrication techniques.
1. IV Granite & Marble | Weekly Production: 1,000-1,200 sq. ft.
The day started with a tour of IV Granite. They are a family-owned company that recently went digital with the addition of the SABER™ CNC Saw. The quality work and personal service this company is known for is built on their values of honesty, integrity, and fine craftsmanship.
2. YK Stone Center | Weekly Production: 1,200-1,400 sq. ft.
Next, the attendees weaved through YK Stone Center. This family-owned company focuses on custom stonework projects and highly detailed production with their FUSION® and TITAN®. Their slogan, “We cut surfaces, not corners” defines why they have become a highly reputable and recommended stone facility within Denver.
3. Saddleback Design | Weekly Production: 2,000 sq. ft.
The third tour destination was Saddleback Design. This fabrication shop operates the complete Digital Package from Park Industries and takes pride in their potential to exceed every customer’s expectations.
4. Front Range Stone | Weekly Production: 10,000+ sq. ft.
The final stop on the bus tour was Front Range Stone. This is a high production fabrication shop operating a wall-to-wall fleet of Park Digital Technology. Front Range Stone serves as a leader in the Colorado market, providing custom countertops to the entire state of Colorado with the priority of fitting every customer’s budget. They run a fleet of Park machinery including: FUSION® Dual Tank CNC Sawjet (x3), TITAN® CNC Router (x5), SABER™CNC Saw, VELOCITY® Edge Polisher.
*Bonus* Walk through Front Range Stone with this live video from the event!
Front Range Stone Inc. - let’s walk through this high production shop, and the final stop on an exciting day full of stone fabrication. #DigitalStoneworkingExpoPosted by Park Industries on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5. Brekhus Marble & Granite | Weekly Production: 1,600 sq. ft.
Thursday, attendees were treated to the Co-Host’s shop, Brekhus Marble & Granite. They are a unique shop with high production capabilities, but maintaining a focus on intricate, highly custom work.
Unmatched Value Provided for Countertop Professionals
1. Labor Shortages Impact Our Industry
The labor outlook in the Stone Industry was discussed, as well as the importance of creating an environment that retains employees while automating processes when possible.
2. The Countertop Industry: Past. Present. Future.
Attendees learned about the outlook on the future of the countertop industry. Real-time data was collected anonymously allowing fabricators to benchmark themselves against fabricators in the industry from across the country.
3. What is Your Number?
A discussion was opened up on metrics and tracking progress. Tools for evaluating shop performance were provided and attendees had a chance to use their numbers to assess areas for improvement.
4. Digital Fabrication: From Start to Finish
Attendees were walked through the digital fabrication process from start to finish. This included a hands-on demonstration with Moraware and Laser Products. Hypertherm, leader in waterjet technology while offering lowest cost solutions, brought fabricators up to speed with a waterjet 101 presentation.
5. Our Transformation | Dave Scott, Slabworks of Montana
The 2017 Fabricator of the Year, Dave Scott, shares his story and the success Slabworks of Montana has had by providing their best work and staying confident in their pricing. Investing in your business will produce optimal results, and in order to invest it is crucial to know your business’ worth and set your prices accordingly.
6. Continuous Improvement | Geoffrey Gran, The Countertop Factory Midwest
Geoffrey Gran of The Countertop Factory Midwest focused on the importance of continuous improvement and tracking progress. Geoffrey shares the keys to growing your business with the right tools of technology.
7. Beyond the Numbers | Liz Roth, Keystone Granite
Liz Roth of Keystone Granite discussed her focus on developing strong customer loyalty through maintaining an emphasis on customer care. Liz is dedicated to enhancing her customers’ experiences and educating them through the countertop selection process.
8. Custom Stone Fabrication | Brekhus Granite & Marble
Brekhus Granite & Marble gave insight into their business model and shared their fabrication process by opening their doors to all of the attendees. The tour and presentation ignited discussion on their process and methods of fabrication.
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